Thursday, May 31, 2012

Welcome Guest Allie Pleiter!

I'm glad to welcome Love Inspired author Allie Pleiter to the blog today to share some interesting trivia! Allie and I have sat beside each other at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest for the last two years. She's so fun to hang out with!

Allie has a new book out from Love Inspired Historical titled Homefront Hero. Check it out below!

So, Allie, can you tell my readers 10 random things they may not know about you?

1)  I was a theater major in college, and my career goal was to be a soap opera villainess. Turns out, six foot tall is just too darn tall to work in television.  And, I’m delighted to say, it turns out I’m not very good at acting evil.

2)  I’m an “Irish Twin.”  My poor mother had two kids in the same year at the age of 36.  I can’t imagine why she stopped after my brother and I :).

3)  I’m not very tidy.  Actually, everybody knows that about me. There’s a reason it’s in my bio.  If you could see my desk right now, you’d wonder how I ever get anything done.

4)  You couldn’t pay me to drink root beer or Dr. Pepper.  Can’t stand the stuff.  Now, coffee, on the other hand...

5)  I play three instruments--harp, guitar, and organ.  I don’t play anymore, but there was a time I could rock out on all three.  Well, as much as you can rock out on a harp (which isn’t much).

6)  I grew up on Long Island sound, a child of the Atlantic coast.  I can read a tide-table, tack a sailing boat, and cook a lobster with the best of them.

7)  I’m a Presbyterian Elder.  Unlike lots of other writers, I love administrative tasks, budgets, spreadsheets, goal charts, and leading meetings.

8)  I love to fly in airplanes but hate roller coasters.  And while I’ve parasailed, I will never, ever jump out of airplane no matter how many parachutes you strap to my back.

9)  I carried calla lilies at my wedding.  I loved the retro drama of them but my mother thought they looked like funeral flowers.  It was a tense day for everyone.

10)          I never liked history in school, but I love it now.  Writing historical fiction isn’t anything like spouting facts for a test.  Here’s proof: 

Allie Pleiter
Love Inspired Historical
May 2012

Back cover copy:
Dashing and valiantly wounded, Captain John Gallows could have stepped straight out of an army recruitment poster. Leanne Sample can't help being impressed—although the lovely Red Cross nurse tries to hide it. She knows better than to get attached to the daring captain who is only home to heal and help rally support for the war's final push. As soon as he's well enough, he'll rush back to Europe, back to war—and far away from South Carolina and Leanne. But when an epidemic strikes close to home, John comes to realize what it truly means to be a hero—Leanne's hero.

Author Bio:
An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction.  The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework.  Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois.  The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing.  Visit her website at or her knitting blog at


Missy Tippens said...

Allie, I enjoyed learning more about you!

Allie Pleiter said...

Delighted to be here, Missy!

Tammie Edington Shaw said...

Allie, Some of those things I knew, but there are always things we don't know about others. Thanks for sharing.

Lindi said...

Allie--I love roller coasters and hate to ride in airplanes. :)

Thanks for sharing fun facts about yourself.